Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Leeks and Sausage

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Leeks and Sausage created by IngridH

From Fine Cooking, Dec 2011. I've adapted these a little bit, using less leek than the original called for. The original also called for 4 small sweet potatoes, which I've never found; the ones I get are a pound or more so I've adjusted the cooking time to reflect this. If you can find small ones, cut back the first baking time to 30 minutes.

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  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prick the sweet potatoes with the tip of a knife; place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until completely tender.
  • In a medium skillet over medium high heat, crumble the sausage.
  • Cook until all trace of pink is gone. It doesn't need to be brown, just cooked through.
  • Drain any excess fat and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt the butter over medium low heat.
  • Add the leeks, sage, and thyme.
  • Cook until the leeks are soft and starting to turn golden.
  • Remove the leeks from the pan and set aside with the sausage.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.
  • Carefully scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl, leaving 1/8 inch of flesh around the edge, so the skin will not fall apart when you fill it.
  • Place the empty skins on a baking sheet.
  • Preheat broiler, placing the rack about 6 inches from the heat.
  • Mash the sweet potato flesh until smooth; add the sour cream and kosher salt, mixing to combine.
  • Add the sausage and leeks and mix well.
  • Taste for seasoning, and add more salt if needed.
  • Scoop the sweet potato mixture back into the skins; top with the grated cheese.
  • Place in the oven and broil until the cheese starts to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Cut each potato in half to make two servings. (If you used small potaotes, you won't need to do this).
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"From Fine Cooking, Dec 2011. I've adapted these a little bit, using less leek than the original called for. The original also called for 4 small sweet potatoes, which I've never found; the ones I get are a pound or more so I've adjusted the cooking time to reflect this. If you can find small ones, cut back the first baking time to 30 minutes."
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  1. duonyte
    I ended up reducing the recipe to make one smallish sweet potato, all for me. In full disclosure, as I am finding climbing stairs just a little difficult right now, I made this all in the microwave. The potato cooked in about three minutes. I lopped off about 2 in from a large sausage link, and a good inch or so from a huge leek. Threw in a spoonful of sour cream and combined it all. I did have to use dried herbs, and also added ground black pepper. For me, this could have used a little more seasoning - it might be the quality of sausage I used, but I should have added more seasoning after tasting the mash. I returned it to the microwave, covered, to heat through and melt the cheese. Roasting the sweet potatoes probably would enhance the flavor, but this made it doable for me on a work night. Definitely check this out!
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  2. IngridH
    Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Leeks and Sausage Created by IngridH
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  3. IngridH
    From Fine Cooking, Dec 2011. I've adapted these a little bit, using less leek than the original called for. The original also called for 4 small sweet potatoes, which I've never found; the ones I get are a pound or more so I've adjusted the cooking time to reflect this. If you can find small ones, cut back the first baking time to 30 minutes.
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